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Ase Narratives Welcomes You


About Ase Narratives

The term "ase" (pronounced ah-shay) is a West African philosophical concept widely used in the African diaspora. Originating with the Yoruba people of Nigeria, in English ase means the "power to create change."

At Ase Narratives we believe in changing the narrative through stories. Centering BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) personal narratives, books, and other forms of story, we assist our clients reflect on and change narratives that create barriers to racial justice.

Our unique approach helps our clients move beyond performative allyship to grapple with the institutional, systemic, and cultural narratives that impede racial justice. Ase Narratives specializes in working with educators, libraries, organizations, and communities ready to engage in the deep work of radical DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) and anti-racism.

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Core Values

Ase Narratives strives to do our part to bring about the liberation of all people through the work of racial justice.

At Ase Narratives we believe that:

  • All things are intersectional

  • Positive change is possible on the individual, communal, and societal level

  • Empathy is key to positive change

  • Dialogue is possible when we create trust and safety through respect and vulnerability

  • Sitting with discomfort is an essential part of racial justice work

  • Racial justice work is a journey, not a destination


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*All services are being offered virtually until further notice

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Strategic Planning

Wherever you are on the road to racial justice, Ase Narratives will help empower you on your journey, offering strategic planning that will assist you in centering racial equity in all aspects of your school, library, organization, or community.

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Sensitivity Reads

We offer document reviews of everything from company policy to employee handbooks to yet-to-be-published manuscripts. Our close reads help to ensure your written materials are sensitive and racially just.

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Speaking Engagements

Book our award-winning founder and principal, Stephanie Seales, as a speaker at your next event! Stephanie is an experienced public speaker who has been featured at many events, as well as radio and visual broadcasts.

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Using our unique narrative-based approach, we craft racial justice workshop series tailored to your specific needs. Contact us for details and an estimate.

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Stephanie Seales

Founder & President

Stephanie Seales is an award-winning racial justice advocate and the founder and president of Ase Narratives. An experienced community activist and educator, Stephanie often heard friends lament the lack of depth in the “diversity trainings” required at their workplaces. They wanted to see their organizations become more racially just, but the diversity trainings weren’t meeting their needs. Having been disappointed by such trainings herself, Stephanie reflected on her own history as a community activist and what made her events successful. A common thread emerged: stories. Stephanie took this knowledge and her passion for stories and racial justice and grew it into Ase Narratives.

Stephanie has over a decade of experience in the children's book industry and holds a MA in Children's Literature from Simmons University. She also has experience as an educator in public and private schools and in public libraries.


Past Clients & Partners

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Ready to center racial justice in your organization?

Contact us today for a free 30 minute consultation.

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